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  1. traditional added a post in a topic Resin 1965 Ford transit (long wheel base)   

    The first of the 1965 style Transits used a 2.0 litre V4 although a smaller displacement of this 'Essex' engine was also available. As time went by a Perkins diesel was also available with a modified grille area (affectionately known as the 'pig-snout').
    A V6 later became available with the same modified front end and evidently these were better hi-performers than many of the British passenger cars at that time. 
  2. traditional added a topic in Diecast and Resincast Models   

    Resin 1965 Ford transit (long wheel base)
    Premium Classixx makes a well proportioned 1/18 British/German Ford Transit Van as a Porsche Racing support vehicle from the '60s.
    I quite like these old European vans especially when they had the tiny heavier duty truck wheels including double back wheels.  I removed the Porsche Racing markings on my model and added pose-able steering as well as finishing the front wheels to not have the optional front hub cover caps as Premium Classixx depicted it.  This resin model has chassis detail....something very few resin models provide these days.




    Ford's original prototype long wheelbase Transit in 1964

    The premium Classixx model with its Porsche markings and capped front wheels
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  3. traditional added a topic in Diecast and Resincast Models   

    1/24 FAW CA141 medium duty truck (excellent diecast)
    FAW (an acronym for 'First Automobile Works'), a Chinese car and truck manufacturer, introduced the Jiefang (pronounced Jay-Fong) CA141 in 1988 to replace the aging CA10, an early post war truck developed from the Russian ZIS-150 (which was in turn developed from the WWll American 'lend lease' International K-series trucks).
    I've visited China three times and although these CA141 trucks are gradually being replaced with more advanced, modern vehicles, they are still visible in large numbers, especially in smaller cities.
    This 1/24 FAW CA141 diecast model is exceptionally well done, with some surprising detail and was evidently intended as a promotional model for the truck manufacturer.  They can still  be found on Ebay from Chinese vendors with the prices ranging anywhere from around US$100 to about US$200.  When I purchased this one a few years ago, they were available in blue, white or dark yellow.   I think that they are an exceptional value.
     





    Notice the over-center style hood hold-downs and the separate wheel fasteners, etc.



    The CA141 posed with the earlier CA10 which it superceded

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  4. traditional added a post in a topic Monogram 1/24's - post 'em up !!   

    Done in the '70s but kept in displaycases....'40 ford Pickup and '36 Ford coupe
     

     



  5. traditional added a post in a topic Man, oh man... I miss Danbury Mint!   

    Yes, Franklin Mint made the '58 Chrysler 300D convertible in light blue.  It was a limited edition offering. See the listing below
    http://www.diecast.org/diecast98/html/asp/list_reviews/xq/ASP/id.F853/qx/reviewpix.htm
  6. traditional added a post in a topic First Gear Freightliner Material Handler in 1/34   

    Although I don't have the Freightliner version of a 'Material Handler', I do have lots of FirstGear trucks including a previous Material Handler.....A Mack Granite with a Prentiice Boom.  FirstGear's trucks are generally exceptionally well done with lots of articulated parts.  I'd describe their models a excellent value for the money.
    I don't know what the Freightliner's features are, but here are some examples of the Lafarge Mack Granite's details.  





  7. traditional added a post in a topic Man, oh man... I miss Danbury Mint!   

      I believe that Harry's DM '53 Buick Skylark was the first diecast model to improve on the dog-leg doors by making the front edge of the doors swing in instead of out.
     
  8. traditional added a post in a topic Man, oh man... I miss Danbury Mint!   

    Sorry,,Double post
     
     
     
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    Just one more of FM's early castings that I still enjoy looking at.......1956 Continental Mark II.   Their original edition was in black and this one was a later 'limited Special edition'....hence the goofy plaque in the trunk. 
    This casting was done when dog-leg doors were state of the art.   I believe that Harry's DM '53 Buick Skylark was the first diecast model to improve on the dog-leg doors by making the front edge of the doors swing in instead of out.
     




  10. traditional added a post in a topic Man, oh man... I miss Danbury Mint!   

    Here are a couple of models that Franklin Mint actually captured better than DM,............the early post war Chevy panel and Suburban.    FM got the windshield proportion fairly accurately while DMs version was too harsh and flat across the top.
    Incidentally, my panel version was never done in production by FM. The model was bought on ebay and was an FM prototype for the panel van, but done in the color and trim that was used only on FM's Suburban.  It's probably a 'one-off' and is one of my favorite diecast models.
     


     
     
     
     




  11. traditional added a post in a topic Man, oh man... I miss Danbury Mint!   

    When FM was on their game, they also built some well done models.  They seemed to lose interest as time went by and weren't interested in matching DM's level of detail,  but some of their models were favorites of mine.
    Here are a couple of FM's well done Packards....a 1940 180 Custom 8 by Darrin,  and a 1934 Convertible Sedan 
      







  12. traditional added a post in a topic Man, oh man... I miss Danbury Mint!   

    Yes they did do a '48 Sportsman





  13. traditional added a post in a topic Man, oh man... I miss Danbury Mint!   

    Another of Danbury's famous custom series:  the 1958 Watson styled '58 Thunderbird.   This car was one of the instigators of the 'panel painting' craze in the late '50s
    To this day, I'm amazed that Danbury was able to print the silver panel painting so seamlessly.  Even the fine pink pinstriping between the silver and the candy purple is flawless.
     
     



  14. traditional added a topic in Diecast and Resincast Models   

    A 1/24 copy of our own '61 Chevy Impala Sport Coupe
    Years ago, Brian Dunning, proprietor of a shop called Vickie's Gifts in California, started having his own line of high end 1/24 diecasts models (mostly late '50s and early '60s Chevies) made in China. The company was called West Coast Precision Diecast (WCPD) and although the models were popular, Brian eventually found that the effort involved was simply too much for the compensation they afforded.
    I'd bought a few models from them and during the company's 'hayday', quite a few years ago, a friend of mine had mentioned to Brian that my brother and I had restored a '61 Chevy Sport Coupe and he immediately began putting together a package of most of the parts that would be needed to modify one of their '61 Chevy models ( an all black Impala SS) into Larry's and my particular Impala car.  The parts arrived in the mail one day and you can imagine how quickly the modifications became a labor of love.   The doors had to be filled and painted since ours didn't have the door mirrors, the SS badges were replaced with Impala markings, an optional rocker panel molding was fabricated in polished aluminum, the grille bar was modified from a Revell '59 Impala, The black roof was replaced with an ermine white insert, a simulated remote control mirror was added to the driver's front fender, a stock optional tri-carb intake was added to the 348" motor and all the optional air-conditioning detail (compressor, hoses, drier, etc.) were scratchbuilt following the details on our 1/1. 
    Our 1/1 was evidently a California air-conditioning package that included the white top, and the dealer installed optional rocker panel moldings, etc. so although Larry and I would have probably preferred a solid color and no rocker moldings, that was the correct way to restore our car and the model reflects exactly the vehicle that we restored years ago.
    Following are a few pics of the model as well as a couple of pics of the full size car.
     
     






     
    Following are three pics of the original 1/1 Restoration



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  15. traditional added a post in a topic Man, oh man... I miss Danbury Mint!   

    Danbury Mint's well detailed '41 Chevrolet deluxe wagon.  Interesting that they eschewed the whitewalls for this model.....probably a lot more typical without the whitewalls in the day, even though the restored versions at car shows now-a-days would almost always have whitewalls.